Parking Deck B at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will close permanently on Monday, Feb. 7, with major demolition of the parking deck scheduled to begin in early March.
This work is part of the $450 million care tower project that will be built where Parking Deck B currently stands. The care tower will include an upgraded emergency department, state-of-the-art operating rooms and enhanced adult intensive care units and is expected to be completed in 2026.
A new helipad has been built on the top of Parking Deck C, along with a new elevator to allow patients to be quickly transported from medical helicopters to the emergency department, trauma center and operating rooms.
Further adjustments in traffic, parking and pedestrian flow will occur throughout the construction process, and additional signage and staff will be in place to help patients and visitors navigate the Medical Center.
“While we hope to minimize disruptions during this time as much as we can for our patients, visitors and staff, we ask everyone to allow extra time to arrive and park and to treat each other, and our staff, with patience and understanding,” said Cathleen Wheatley, D.N.P., president of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Once this tower is complete, we will have a world-class facility that will allow us to provide a level of care that meets and exceeds the needs of our entire region.”
Wake Forest Baptist is communicating with patients in a variety of ways to help ensure that all who need to access the Medical Center are aware of the changes they will encounter.
The care tower project is part of a series of significant investments in the Triad as a result of Wake Forest Baptist’s strategic combination with Atrium Health.
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